400-450g streaky steaks (strips of pork belly), rind trimmed
1 tbsp sunﬂower or vegetable oil
400-450g pack pork sausages (try Cumberland, garlic or sage-ﬂavoured Lincolnshire varieties)
4 back bacon chops, about 400g/14oz
400g can cannellini, haricot, butter or mixed beans, drained
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 medium carrots, thickly sliced
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 bouquet garni ‘tea bag’
about 600ml/1pt chicken stock (from a stock cube is ﬁne)
25g/1oz fresh white breadcrumbs
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Quickly pan-fry the strips of pork belly in the oil, followed by the sausages and back bacon chops, until well browned.
Mix together the beans, onion, garlic, carrots and tomatoes in a bowl. Starting with a spoonful of the veg, inter-layer the vegetable mix and meats in a deep braising pan (about 3 litres capacity, 7.5cm deep, preferably one that will go on top of the stove – see Gary’s tip, above right). Place the bouquet garni in the centre as everything is being stacked.
Pour just enough chicken stock on top to almost cover, then bring to a simmer on top of the stove (see Gary’s tip). Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top and braise in the oven for about 1hr 20- 1hr 30 mins, until the meats are all tender and the top is golden brown. If the stock reduces while braising, simply pour a little more on top to moisten. Remove from the oven and allow to settle for 5 mins before serving. (Remember to take out the bouquet garni.)